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Jerry F. Husak

Associate Professor
Degree
Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
Office
354 Owens
Phone
(651) 962-5223
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5223
Fax
651.962.5201
Mail
OWS 352
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul MN 55105

RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research focuses on understanding how the processes of natural and sexual selection shape physiological and morphological traits. Specifically, I am interested in how hormones link animals to their biotic and abiotic environments through the regulation of performance traits important to fitness. To accomplish this, I integrate theory and techniques from physiology, evolutionary ecology, animal behavior, and functional morphology, and I combine laboratory experiments with correlative studies of natural populations. I primarily work with reptiles as model systems, and I conduct research in the southwestern US and the Caribbean. Some of my current projects include:

  • How steroid hormones mediate performance in lizards
  • How endocrine systems regulate social behavior in Caribbean Anolis lizards
  • Direct and indirect effects of sexually selected traits on animal performance
  • Examining performance consequences of muscle fiber composition in lizards

Lab website:  http://jerryhusak.weebly.com/index.html

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

(Student researchers are denoted by *.)

  • J.F. Husak, J. C. Roy* and M. B. Lovern. (2017). Exercise training reveals trade-offs between endurance performance and immune function, but does not affect growth, in juvenile lizards. Journal of Experimental Biology 220:1497-1502. 
  • J.F. Husak. (2016). “Snowbird: Integrative Biology and Evolutionary Diversity in the Junco. Edited by Ellen D. Ketterson and Jonathan W. Atwell”. Invited book review. Journal of Field Ornithology, 87: 443-445.

Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
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Summer 2019 Courses

Summer 2019 Courses
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Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 207 - 01 Genetics Ecology Evolution M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 MHC 205

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

MHC 205

Course Registration Number:

40895 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Jerry F. Husak

A consideration of the mechanisms of heredity, evolution, population genetics, and population ecology emphasizing hypothesis testing, case studies, and quantitative and experimental approaches to population biology. Topics include: Mendelian genetics, genetic mapping, population genetics, selection theory and the process of adaptation, speciation, macroevolution and phylogenetics, and the growth and regulation of populations. Laboratory work emphasizes techniques for data analysis, including computer simulation and modeling. Three laboratory hours per week. This course fulfills the core-area in natural science in the Natural Science and Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning requirements in the core curriculum. Prerequisites: Co-enrollment in or previous credit for CHEM 111 or CHEM 115

Schedule Details

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BIOL 207 - 57 Genetics Ecology Evolution/Lab - - W - - - - 1335 - 1635 OWS 264

Days of Week:

- - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1635

Location:

OWS 264

Course Registration Number:

40905 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

0 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Jerry F. Husak

A consideration of the mechanisms of heredity, evolution, population genetics, and population ecology emphasizing hypothesis testing, case studies, and quantitative and experimental approaches to population biology. Topics include: Mendelian genetics, genetic mapping, population genetics, selection theory and the process of adaptation, speciation, macroevolution and phylogenetics, and the growth and regulation of populations. Laboratory work emphasizes techniques for data analysis, including computer simulation and modeling. Three laboratory hours per week. This course fulfills the core-area in natural science in the Natural Science and Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning requirements in the core curriculum. Prerequisites: Co-enrollment in or previous credit for CHEM 111 or CHEM 115

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)